My wife and I have just started thinking about a trip to New Zealand. The idea is to soak in the natural beauty of the country, and not adventure sports or trekking. To help me get a basic idea, will appreciate if you guys can help me with the following:
1) The window of opportunity that we have is in May 2012. is that a good time to visit NZ?
2) We will have around 10 days to spend there. Are they enough? The universal viewpoint on this forum seems to be that for such a time period, one should just stick to South Islands, correct? Also, the flights to Queenstown are working out to be extremely expensive from India, what are the options for getting to the heart of south islands from the Auckland airport, which is much cheaper for us?
3) Self-drive seems to be the only option being discussed here. But is it possible to do this trip by public transport only?
Once we get this basic idea, we'll start planning in earnest. Any site you would recommend for the same?
Thanks a lot in advance.